“I would like to welcome you all here on behalf of the Christian Love Pantry,” said Linda Huckaby, director of the Christian Love Pantry, who just took over as the director in January. “The Christian Love Pantry could not operate without you.”
About 75 CLP volunteers gathered at the Touch and Go restaurant at the St. Clair County Airport.
Huckaby told volunteers she was amazed how everything worked at the CLP since becoming the non-paid director of the non-profit organization.
She thanked volunteers for donating their time and talents to the CLP.
“You have a special spirit,” Huckaby told volunteers. “We volunteer for different reasons, but the community benefits.”
Last year, the CLP provided about $87,000 worth of non-perishable food items to families in need.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into the operation of the CLP,” Huckaby said.
Terry Davis, director of the United Way of Central Alabama, also commended volunteers for their work.
“Mrs. Huckaby said there were about 62 million volunteers in the U.S.,” Davis said. “Well, there are about 75 elite volunteers in this room, and I want to tell you I appreciate it.”
Davis told the story about a man who lost his wife and job.
“He got another job but his new job didn’t pay what his old job did,” Davis said. “He worried about feeding his three children.”
He said the children could eat free or reduced lunches during school, but when the spring break came around he didn’t know what to do.
Davis said the man called United Way and the operator directed the St. Clair County man to the Christian Love Pantry.
“On behalf of that man, I want to thank you,” he said.
The Christian Love Pantry is strictly a volunteer organization, so money donated to the non-profit does not go to paying salaries, only to helping people in need.
For more information about the Christian Love Pantry, which is located in Pell City but serves the entire county, or to make a donation to the non-profit group or to volunteer call 205-338-2358.